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State Dept. will review Clinton emails for possible release, warns it could take months

2 hours 50 min ago
WASHINGTON - The State Department agreed Thursday to review thousands of messages from a private email account that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used for official government business, ...

State Dept. will review Clinton emails for possible release

2 hours 52 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department agreed Thursday to review thousands of messages from a private email account that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used for official government business, but it cautioned that the process will move slowly and perhaps take months.

Washington state cannabis retailer opens in defiance of county ban

3 hours 54 min ago
By Eric M. Johnson PARKLAND, Wash. (Reuters) - Sealed bags of marijuana dangle behind a counter, curved glass pipes glimmer on shelves, and a steady trickle of middle-aged customers gleefully buys cannabis strains nicknamed Charlie Sheen and Godzilla. "The Gallery" is similar to more than 100 other lawful state-licensed marijuana retail shops and hundreds of medical dispensaries in Washington ...

Clinton urges State Dept. to release her emails

5 hours 31 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department to release the emails she wrote from a private email account as secretary of state, weighing in on a controversy that has generated negative attention this week for the likely Democratic presidential candidate.

Group wants special prosecutor for Washington state slain Mexican case

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:48
A Hispanic advocacy group has called for a special prosecutor to be brought in to handle the fatal police shooting in Washington state of a Mexican farmworker who pelted officers with rocks before trying to flee. The killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old unemployed apple picker from Mexico's Michoacan state, sparked protests accusing police in the city of Pasco of overly aggressive ...

State House votes to restrict surveillance, drones

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:58
The Washington state House of Representatives passed a series of bills Wednesday to strengthen privacy rights against emerging incursions from surveillance technology and drone aircraft.

Man dies in Washington state jail cell hours after drug arrest

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 04:05
Washington state authorities said on Wednesday they are investigating the death of a man found dead in his jail cell nine hours after appearing to ingest a white powder while being arrested on drug charges. The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office in Tacoma is working to determine whether the suspect, 32-year-old Demetrius Dixon, died of a self-inflicted drug overdose, an investigator said ...

State Senate votes to move up presidential primary

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 22:58
The Washington state Senate voted Tuesday night to approve a bill that would strengthen the state's 2016 presidential primary and move it from May to March.

5 things to know about Clinton's State Department emails

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:39
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a personal email account for State Department business has prompted questions about secrecy and the rules that govern the communications of senior government officials.

Washington House passes bill to require paid sick leave

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:13
The Washington state House has passed a bill requiring many of the state's employers to offer employees paid sick leave.

Washington House votes to raise hourly minimum wage to $12

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 09:26
The Washington state House voted along party lines Tuesday to raise the state's minimum wage — already the nation's highest — to $12 an hour over the next four years.

5 things to know about Clinton's State Department emails

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 08:26
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a personal email account for State Department business has prompted questions about secrecy and the rules that govern the communications of senior government officials.

Washington state spill covers 50 birds in used motor oil

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 08:17
In this aerial photo taken Monday, March 2, 2015, and provided by the Washington Dept. of Ecology, oil makes a slick on the Sulphur Creek near where it flows into the the Yakima River near Sunnyside, Wash. The Washington state Ecology Department said Tuesday, March 3, 2015, that about 50 birds have been covered in oil from the spill that leaked as much as 1,500 gallons of used motor oil into ...

Lawsuit seeks to stop agency from killing protected Washington state wolves

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:28
Conservation groups sued a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, accusing its agents of violating a federal environmental law when they killed a protected female breeding wolf in Washington state. Groups represented by the Western Law Environmental Center say the USDA's Wildlife Services agency indiscriminately shot, trapped and poisoned animals to benefit the agricultural ...

Washington House readies its version of pot-market overhaul

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 07:25
With the state Senate passing a bill to regulate medical marijuana, Washington's House of Representatives is preparing its own version of a pot-market overhaul, one that could cut prices at licensed recreational stores

Washington state spill covers 50 birds in used motor oil

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 06:03
In this aerial photo taken Monday, March 2, 2015, and provided by the Washington Dept. of Ecology, oil makes a slick on the Sulphur Creek near where it flows into the the Yakima River near Sunnyside, Wash. The Washington state Ecology Department said Tuesday, March 3, 2015, that about 50 birds have been covered in oil from the spill that leaked as much as 1,500 gallons of used motor oil into ...

Clinton used personal email account as Secretary of State

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:33
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address, potentially hampering efforts to archive official government documents required by law.

General: 8,500 Islamic State fighters killed in Iraq so far

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 02:14
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led military coalition in Iraq has killed more than 8,500 Islamic State fighters since its bombing campaign began in August and has gained the upper hand, the top general overseeing the coalition said Tuesday.

Senate passes bill to ban pot vending machines, drive-throughs

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:38
The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to forbid selling marijuana through a drive-through window or in a vending machine. In a 47-0 vote Monday, Senators voted to add the new restriction to the state's legalized trade in recreational marijuana, which is restricted to sales in state-licensed stores. Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, said the bill would keep marijuana-laced edible ...

Driver taken to hospital after rollover on Highway 395

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 16:51
The Washington State Patrol says the driver of an SUV was taken to the hospital after rolling his vehicle late Monday night. The crash happened along US 395 south of Hatch Rd. in Spokane just before midnight.